Has Apple Finally “Jumped The Shark” with iOS7?

Has Apple Finally “Jumped The Shark” with iOS7?

The phrase jump the shark comes from a scene in the fifth season premiere episode of the American TV series Happy Days titled “Hollywood: Part 3“, written by Fred Fox, Jr., which aired on September 20, 1977. In the episode, the central characters visit Los Angeles, where a water-skiing Fonzie (Henry Winkler) answers a challenge to his bravery by wearing swim trunks and his trademark leather jacket, and jumping over a confined shark. This episode was widely considered to be the moment in time that the show declined in both creativity and popularity. From this, an idiom was created by Jon Hein that was used to describe the moment in the evolution of a television show when it begins a decline in quality. The usage of “jump the shark” has subsequently broadened beyond television, indicating the moment when a brand, design, or creative effort’s evolution declines. With Steve Job’s passing, many quietly wondered if Apple’s magic would die with him. The innovator, who created and then continually revolutionized the personal computer. The man, who both started Apple and then put it back on the map years later, has been gone for several years now and I fear, so to has Apple’s ability to be an innovator in the industry. Many have predicted that Apple has “jumped the shark” before, but I actually believe it may be true now. Blasphemy! But is it? Following the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad, what has Apple done since? They’ve added sharper screen resolutions, given you a variety of product sizes, and increased processing power. Apple seems to be having multiple, mini “jumping the shark” moments, as each release becomes more ridiculous. For instance, an iPad Air? Really? A thinner version of...
XBox One Vs PS4 – An Xbox Loyalist’s Dilema

XBox One Vs PS4 – An Xbox Loyalist’s Dilema

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that there are two key players, Xbox One and PS4, now vying to be number one in the next-gen gaming market. As an Xbox loyalist, times have been tough for us. PS4 has been winning round after round of this on-going debate, so much so that I sometimes wonder if I made the wrong purchase. Right out of the gate, Xbox’s marketing team failed them, by not being clear on DRM, game/disc sharing policies, it’s always-on internet restrictions, and most recently, their resolution not running natively in 1080p on some of the most anticipated games. I can confidently say that the marketing team at Xbox failed given by how they’ve backtracked on their own stance, the recent shake up at Microsoft, as well as key players leaving for greener pastures literally months after all this bad PR in 2013. But despite it all, I still bought an XBox One on November 22, 2103. Now my Xbox One sits up in my loft, collecting dust. Why? There’s simply nothing to play. They had some decent launch titles like Call of Duty: Ghosts, NBA2k14, and Assassins Creed: Black Flag. The heavily touted Ryse was a boring, button-mashing, albeit beautiful, spectacle. It was great for trailers, but not so much as a game you want to spend more than an hour with. Forza 5 was great by all accounts (I hate racing games so I didn’t play it) but Watch Dogs, probably the game I most wanted to play, was delayed by more than 6 months (Boy, that was depressing). Truth be told,...
The State of Websites in 2014

The State of Websites in 2014

In my latest post for Kuno Creative I go over all the statistical trends for websites and the make up of a web page. We also dive into browser trends and who is dominating the market these days. I felt this was an important and timely article because using websites and browsers are so common that people often overlook how important they are to internet commerce. I believe understanding these stats and trends are a vital part of staying on top of the interwebs whether you’re in development, marketing, eCommerce, or Social Media. Read...
Social Media Behavior for Businesses – 5 Tips

Social Media Behavior for Businesses – 5 Tips

So you’ve set up a bunch of social media accounts for your business. Congrats. Now the real journey begins, because there are a lot of common pitfalls that businesses can fall into as you navigate the promising, but rocky terrain of social media. In this article for Kuno, I give businesses the five most common roadblocks to social media success and how to avoid them. Read...